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After two years on shelves, Age of Empires III was beginning to look like it was locked in predictability. So The Asian Dynasties expansion from developer Big Huge Games best known for creating Rise of Nations arrives at just the right time, like new menus showing up at your favorite Chinese place just when you're getting sick of the same old sweet-and-sour chicken balls. New civilizations that play unlike any of their predecessors, a host of revamped features, and a return to AoE's past with the revival of Wonders spice up the core gameplay in a much-needed way.
Asian Dynasties steps away a bit from the more fictional campaigns of previous games in the series in favor of a slightly more historical approach. Still, the fictional main characters in the campaigns give the designers room to tell a relatively unique story set within a firm historical framework. The Japanese campaign kicks things off by retelling some key events in Tokugawa's efforts to unite Japan.
The game introduces three new civilizations ; the ChineseIndiansand the Japaneseas well as several minor characters, campaigns, maps, and game modes. The Asian Dynasties achieved gold status on September 28,and was released in North America on October 23, In addition, it adds six new minor civilizations: the Sufisthe Shaolinthe Zenthe Udasithe Bhaktiand the Jesuit. The expansion also introduces Water Treasures that only naval units can gather.
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Annotated Chronological Outline of Chinese History. One of the Three Dynasties, or San Dai Xia, Shang, and Zhouthought to mark the beginning of Chinese civilization: characterized by its writing system, practice of divination, walled cities, bronze technology, and use of horse-drawn chariots. A hierarchical political and social system with the Zhou royal house at its apex: power was bestowed upon aristocratic families as lords of their domains or principalities.
With The Asian Dynasties, the second expansion, the focus will change to the other side of the world. However, this new expansion won't just offer up a new setting. The Asian Dynasties is being developed by Big Huge Games, the acclaimed creator of Rise of Nations, in cooperation with Ensemble Studios; thus, The Asian Dynasties is a merging of two strategy powerhouses, with Big Huge Games putting its own unique take on the series. The Asian Dynasties features a whole new setting, as well as new layers of strategy.
Having a third-party developer make the expansion pack for another team's latest magnum opus is hardly an uncommon occurrence. It's an odd practice, but I can understand the thinking behind it - "we spent all this time making this game; can't we just sit back and enjoy the big pots of cash for a while? Hey you, here's a biscuit - go make me some levels.
Brings the triumph and turmoil of some of history's greatest Asian civilizations to stunning life. Wielding the symbolic power of immense Wonders of the world, lead the armies of China, India or Japan in a struggle for dominance against the European powers, or against each other. Or play the role of master diplomat, and befriend your allies at the Consulate, biding your time and building a force of foreign weaponry that will topple your enemies.